Snow in Ireland

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The green fields of Ireland, looking lush green on a December day with snow-covered mountains.

Ireland doesn't receive a lot of snow, given that Dublin lies on the same latitude as Edmonton in Canada and northern Donegal is almost parallel with Moscow.

The moist air coming in off the Atlantic, originating in the Caribbean, and the small landmass of Ireland surrounded by ocean and the Irish Sea means that snow rarely falls and when it does the ambient and ground temperatures are usually too warm for it to last for more than a few days.

The past week has been just like that, cold air from the north and east bringing snow and icy conditions that lasted for almost a week have now changed with damp weather and heavy cloud causing the snow to melt.

Here is an image of a rural Irish scene, the green fields that are so typical of the country remain so green because of that lack of severe frost, ice and snowy weather.

Above on the north facing slopes of the mountains, carved by much colder conditions during previous ice ages, the blanket of snow can be seen, deep enough to be punctuated by trees and tall shrubs.

It's always nice to photograph snow in the Irish countryside because it does give it an unusual look, keep an eye out for more images to come soon and sign up for my Newsletter about my photography tours and workshops on the right hand side of my Dublin page or just send me an email.

Darren McLoughlin

Irishman and International travel photographer in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times / Echtra Echtra and Eonmusic

Cancer survivor.

Ask me about travel in Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

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